Mediterranean | Showdown over drilling vessel off Cyprus could spur more talks

Showdown over drilling vessel off Cyprus could spur more talks

Turkish warships have blocked a gas exploration ship in the Mediterranean; standoff has spurred talk that regional powers need to resolve the divided nation's status, and properly define adjacent seabed areas, so energy projects can proceed

February 27, 2018 2:19 PM (UTC+8)
MobilExxon is among the groups wanting to drill in the eastern Mediterranean in areas near Cyprus. With talk of pipelines being built to Europe, regional powers also want to clarify the status of seabed areas around the island. Photo: iStock
MobilExxon is among the groups wanting to drill in the eastern Mediterranean in areas near Cyprus. With talk of pipelines being built to Europe, regional powers also want to clarify the status of seabed areas around the island. Photo: iStock